First Lady Of Haiti Thanks ‘Guardian Angels’ After President Jovenel Moïse Was Assassinated And She Was Injured

Haitian President Jovenel Moise (L) and Haitian First Lady Martine Moise are seen at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 23, 2018. - Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early July 7, 2021 in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm, while insisting the police and army would ensure the population's safety."The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish," Joseph said of the assault that took place around 1:00 am (0500 GMT) and left the president's wife hospitalized. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL and HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

First Lady Of Haiti Thanks ‘Guardian Angels’ After President Jovenel Moïse Was Assassinated And She Was Injured

Martine Moïse is still hospitalized.

PUBLISHED ON : JULY 15, 2021 / 07:02 PM

Written by BET Staff

On July 7, 2021, Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife, Martine Moïse, was also shot. The First Lady has now made her first statement since her husband was killed.

While recovering at Jackson Memorial hospital in Miami, Florida, Martine Moïset tweeted, “Thank you for the team of guardian angels who helped me through this terrible time. With your gentle touch, kindness and care, I was able to hold on. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

She also included a photo of her in a hospital bed. See below:

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Haiti, is known historically for successfully rebelling and ousting the slaveholding French by 1804, to begin as a new republic. But afterward it was economically choked by European and American powers consistently stifling its growth. The assassination of Moïse is the latest of decades, and perhaps generations of instability in Haiti including the days of François "Papa Doc" Duvalier, and his son Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier.

Moïse, 53, had been accused of autocracy and corruption by his critics, spurring massive demonstrations. He had been in power since February of 2017, but his opposition said that his five-year term began in 2016 and was set to end in February of 2021. However, those results were negated by Haiti’s electoral council. Moïse has said because of that, he ran and won again and took office in 2017, which would make him set to step down next year.

Elections were set to take place in September, but it is now unclear what will happen.

Currently, Haiti officials arrested 17 of the 28 suspects accused of being involved in the assassination, including at least three who were murdered by police, according to a report.

President Moïse was assassinated on the morning of July 7 when an armed collective approached his estate and opened fire on the couple. A motive has not yet been revealed.

(Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)


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